ISTM there's quite a lot of silence in that article about badgers.
If they’re anything like other deer then you get local “ hot spots “ , deer are very bad at isolating TB, once they get it it seems to progress rapidly in the animal.I wonder what the statistics are of SD members finding signs of tb in deer we’ve shot?? I’ve never seen any sign of it in Roe... could be a project for someone??
This situation has been brewing away quietly for at least 20 years, the real issue is that there are just too many deer in the region now. Measured loss of grass and fodder is about 40% in the core study area, plus the TB (and the area is a known infection hot spot). You can forget the TB figures for Birr and Kerry, not relevant, but we’re consistently being told we have 23% infection rates in the study area.This sort of article is utter rubbish.
Better to believe in science before spouting drivel.
Far more interesting is that the reply on an Irish website which contradicts this.
Sika deer coming under attack.
If it is not deer in general which is tried to be blamed for Tb in cattle, then it is Sika Deer and in particular in Wicklow.
A scapegoat has to be found.
The department's test culls of deer in areas of high incidents of TB infected cattle show clear evidence that it is not the deer which can be blamed for the TB outbrakes in cattle.
In 2020 The Department of Agriculture tested 87 deer in regional veterinary laboratories (RVLs) for TB and only three tested positive for the disease, The deer tested were shot where there were local concerns about deer transmitting TB to cattle. The deer were specifically shot where farmers have a concern in that area that these deer are transmitting TB to cattle.
In 2020 there was quite a bit of concern in the Birr Castle area that deer could be responsible for TB outbreaks there. Forty deer were examined. Of those 40 deer none had TB.
In 2019 the Department tested 233 deer submitted to the RVLs and only two were positive for TB.
In Kerry in 2019 there were 120 deer tested for TB and none of those tested positive.
Deer not to be blamed for outbrakes of TB in cattle !
Farmers are ignoring basic biosecurity measures by not maintaining fences , by spreading potential contaminated manure and slury.
Some farmers are discharging, loosing manure along roads and laneways and contaminating these public highways during transport.
The department of agriculture is seemingly closing their eyes and doing nothing about it, but the department's test culls of deer in areas of high incidents of TB infected cattle show clear evidence that it is not the deer which can be blamed for the TB outbrakes in cattle.